One thing I have learned. The bonfires of change start with the merest spark. Sometimes we see that flicker. Sometimes we blink in surprise at the flame only after it has marched hot legs upward to fully ignite. Either way, flicker or flame, wed better do some serious praying. When Gods on the move in our lives, he tends to burn up things wed just as soon keep. After her mamas death, sixteen-year-old Jackie Delham is left to run the household for her daddy and two younger siblings. When Katherine King breezes into town and tries to steal her daddys heart, Jackie knows she must put a stop to it. Katherine cant be trusted. Besides, one romance in the family is enough, and Jackie is about to fall headlong into her own. As love whirls through both generations, the Delhams are buffeted by hope, elation and loss. Jackie is devastated to learn of old secrets in her parents relationship. Will those past mistakes cost Jackie her own love? And how will her family ever survive if Katherine jilts her daddy and leaves them in mourning once more?
Brandilyn Collins, known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense, is the bestselling author of Violet Dawn, Coral Moon, Crimson Eve, Eyes of Elisha, and other novels. She and her family live in Coeur dAlene, Idaho. Visit her website at www.brandilyncollins.com and her blog at www.forensicsandfaith.blogspot.com
Strong writing is tempered by a plot line pitched too young in this third and
final installment of Collins's evangelical Christian Bradleyville Series.
Shattered by her mother's death, 14-year-old Jackie Delham is left to bring up
her two younger siblings and run the household for her grief-stricken father.
When Jackie's dad finds love two years later with Bradleyville's prodigal
daughter-the svelte, dressed-to-the-nines Katherine May King-Jackie rather
predictably opposes their romance. But love is waiting in the wings for her,
as well. Teen idol Greg Kostakis, lead singer of the boy band "LuvRush," is
distantly related to Katherine, and not too many pages elapse before Jackie
and Greg are infatuated with each other, despite his busy concert schedule. As
Jackie explores the complications of romance, she cultivates empathy for her
father and Katherine as they come to grips with demons from their pasts. The
slangy eastern Kentucky dialect spoken by the characters is uneven
(characters sometimes drop their "g"s at the end of words and sometimes
don't), but the characterizations are interesting, and Collins pens some
worthy descriptions. Readers of the first two books in the series will
recognize various characters, but the novel succeeds well as a stand-alone.
Although the book is ostensibly aimed at adult fiction readers, the novel's
contemporary setting, teen protagonist and happily-ever-after ending should
cinch its success with the YA crowd. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business
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